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Trauma and the Bible: How God Remembered Noah in Devastation

There is so much trauma, depression and anxiety in the Bible that God felt the need to tell us not to worry 365 times.

That’s enough for an entire year!

I know when I sit with most of you, you know that we work on plenty of things. But at the end of the day, I know a lot of you are here because of things that happened to you that you had no control over.


When I think about Biblical characters with no control over their circumstances, I think about Noah. Noah built a boat for quite a long time. Everyone thought he was nuts… yet and still, when it rained…

Noah had trouble shutting the door on the people who had wronged him. He must have had a really good heart. Every day I sit with people who are having trouble shutting the door.

Sometimes they don’t even know it. When the hurt lives rent-free in your head, it can be hard to shut the door when you can’t even find it.

Graciously, Noah’s door got shut. I’m sure he proceeded to watch as the world floated under water. But in reality, I’m sure he also saw the wreckage floating on the seas. I cannot imagine what that must have been like. But I don’t think Noah would have came out the same.

But he sure did come out with a legacy!


Maybe the door feels revolving when it comes to the people who hurt you. Maybe that is all because you cannot seem to forget. That’s fairly normal. But I wanted to tell you that it is ok to shut the door.

I wanted you know that just like Noah, God is going to “remember” you.

In the Bible, this translates “to act on His promise to you.” It does not mean he has forgotten. It doesn’t mean any of that. It means He will make things right.

Those people who hurt you will have their day with God. Until then, promise me you’ll remember that God remembered Noah.

Just as He remembered Noah in the middle of devastation, as He will remember you.


It won’t always be this hard. Until it gets fluffier, I’m praying for you and I know that God can work a miracle with you. I know He can shut the doors you cannot. I know He can do it one more time.

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